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View of Rouen from St. Catherine’s Hill

Artist:
Richard Parkes Bonington (British, Arnold, Nottinghamshire 1802–1828 London)
Date:
1821–22
Medium:
Brush and watercolor and pen and brown ink over graphite
Dimensions:
sheet: 5 13/16 x 9 1/16 in. (14.8 x 23 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, David T. Schiff Gift, Harry G. Sperling Fund, and Karen B. Cohen Fund, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.277
Not on view
The French Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix described the sparkling, jewel-toned watercolors of the British painter Bonington, with whom he shared a Paris studio, as "like diamonds." In this view of Rouen seen from the northeast, broad wet washes evoke the sunlit sky, a dark cathedral soars above the blotted colors of the city's haze, and exquisite touches of a fine brush suggest tiny figures and the masts of distant ships. A version of this view was reproduced in aquatint by Thales Fielding in N.-J. Lefebvre-Duruflé's Excursion sur les côtes et dans les ports de Normandie, published 1823–25.
Signature: Signed in pen and brown ink at bottom center of verso: "R.P. Bonington"
Signed in pen and brown ink at top center of verso: "Vue de Rouen"
Jean-Pierre Fromanger, Paris Sold to James Mackinnon, 1995; James Mackinnon Sold to MMA; Vendor: James Mackinnon
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 21, 1996–January 6, 1997.

Noon 2008, no. 55
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